Prison Industrial Complex

Prison for Fun and Profit

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Alex Friedmann: While people might question the notion of a privatized police force that benefits financially when people are arrested, allowing companies to profit from people’s imprisonment has become an accepted and norm.

Filmmakers Put Justice on Trial

Justice on Trial Film Fest

Amy Patton: Founder and organizer of the festival, Susan Burton said the film festival screened documentaries that exposed “grave defects in the American criminal justice system.”

Susan Burton: Changing Stereotypes

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Dick and Sharon: In our second in a series of articles focusing on the impact our criminal justice system is having on the lives of Angelinos, we sit down with Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, CNN Awardee and herself , formerly incarcerated.

The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

Obama Administration Education Policies

Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.

Solitary Confinement Equals Torture

Solitary Confinement Equals Torture

Diana Barajas: The conditions of isolation are incompatible with human nature, as social interactions and sensory stimulation are critical to human health and brain function.

Key Juvenile Justice Legislation for California

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Brian Goldstein: Public safety issues are especially challenging given the state’s ongoing prison overcrowding crisis and the ever-evolving juvenile justice system. The state passed a number of successful reforms in 2013. Yet, 2014 already brings some exceptional juvenile justice legislation that is worthy of recognition and support.

Terminal Illness in Prison

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Bruce Reilly: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, cancer and heart disease were the leading causes of over 3000 annual deaths in state prisons.

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